‘Aeroplane, Father Aeroplane, I want to be a doctor, Aeroplane’…. For those of us that grew up in certain parts of Nigeria, what I just wrote is not something new. Yes, we all wanted to be ‘a doctor’ at one time or the other. Probably due to how we met the rules and songs till we got grown and discovered our different paths in life. It still seems very funny to me when I remember those dreams we used to have. Lol How do we all become doctors?
Okay, I’m sorry for the Intro. The real reason behind this write up is to make everyone know how proud I am of a very special friend of mine, Olajumoke ogundeji. Her covocation is today, 18th June, 2014 and I can’t but think of how it all started. I am so happy for my friend and the excitement I feel right now would have you feeling it’s my convocation. Yes, I cherish her that much.
Olajumoke came to my high school in Senior Secondary School 1 or 2, I can’t remember cleary. She was this very beautiful girl and was too quiet (or so I thought). To everyone, she was just the ‘new student’ and the members of the C’ class which comprised of the very brilliant students did not want her to be put with them, as they assumed she wasn’t up to the task.Shortly after she came, we had our mid term exams and alas, Olajumoke was the overall best student.. It was no small feat, so many of us were awed by her performance and I decided there and then to get her acquaintance. I was known to be the very outspoken student and It came naturally to me to befriend students who stood out with their intelligence and brilliance.Olajumoke became the overall best student and she didn’t relent till we left high school.
We weren’t exactly very close till our final high school days when people started discovering some resemblance in us. Another pathway to our closeness was our prefectship which compelled us to engage in meetings to discuss how the school activities would be run. She was the Senior girl while I was the social prefect. She would come to my house on her way to her church which was close by and we discovered many similarities between ourselves, the differences were there but they were things we could deal with. I was very happy about this new found friendship with the best student in the science class. ( Let me be a proud little girl by saying I was the best in Arts class).ooops.sorry!
We graduated and of course, Jumoke had the best WAEC result ( As and Bs). I was so happy about this because we both went to check our results together and mine wasn’t bad either. We were very very happy. Oh yes, We were glad that our dreams of going to the university were being droven into reality. I went to Unilorin while Olajumoke was given admission to Ladoke University of Technology (LAUTECH) to study Mathematics. This wasn’t exactly accepted with gaiety as she always wanted to study Medicine but she decided to make do with it instead of staying idle.
While In Ilorin, I would go visit Jumoke and her friends would tell me about her brilliance. Already, my friend was the star in her class. Her results were something to smile about. In her 3rd Year, She told me someday: OmoTolani, I’m travelling out of the country to study medicine because that’s all I’ve ever wanted. I was happy and sad at the same time. I was happy because she was finally pursuing her dreams and I was sad because I would really miss her. She left for Sumy state University in Ukraine and our communication was reduced from physical to phones and chatrooms.
We would exchange pictures and update each other of the happenings in our lives. ( From family to relationships to every other thing you could think of). We didn’t let the distance disturb our friendship and we remained best friends. Jummy came home after her 3rd year and you should know we were together all through. She bought me the shoes I wore for my convocation that year and I told that to everyone who admired the shoes. Even after all the ‘foreign exposure’ , my friend was unblemished. She was still the beautiful, natural and kind Olajumoke I had always known. My mum’ friend saw her sometime and said : ‘that girl is such a blessing to her parents’. Yes, Olajumoke carried that aura around her. I’m too happy she’s my friend.
She left after Summer and we continued with the phonecalls and chats. Now, Olajumoke is graduating today, Yes! She is a medical doctor. She is a doctor! You know what that means? She is Doctor Olajumoke. My friend, my love, my confidant. She has done me proud again. This is what she does, this is what she has made us used to. She is amazing, wonderful, beautiful, intelligent and awesome! Hello people, respect me, my friend is a medical doctor ☺ . Call me OmoTolani the doctor’s friend. I can’t be in Ukraine today so I thought of how best to show her how much I cherish her, Hence this post. May Allah guide my Olajumoke home and make her very successful. May she continue making us proud and may she be granted a long and healthy life.
These prayers extend to you my readers too. May we always have reasons to celebrate with one another. Amin.I’m sorry if I bored you but this is to show I excited I am.Btw, I’ve been told by many people we look very much alike. Hmnnn, Do you think we do? Do let me know through your comments. Thanks for reading. I love you… BOS